Category: Security/Firewalls

Some Windows Users Experiencing “Black Screen of Death” 0

Some Windows Users Experiencing “Black Screen of Death”

According to reports, some Microsoft Windows computers are experiencing a “Black Screen of Death.” The phrase Black Screen of Death came out of the famous “Blue Screen of Death”, which caused system crash on earlier Windows operating...

Sophos Expresses Frustration in a Strange Way 1

Sophos Expresses Frustration in a Strange Way

Now that Microsoft is offering a free anti-virus software to the public called Microsoft Security Essentials, the anti-virus vendors are not too happy, which is understandable. But the way some of them are fighting...

How to Issue a Certificate for Longer Than 2 Years in WS08 0

How to Issue a Certificate for Longer Than 2 Years in WS08

Although it is not a common practice to issue certificates for a long duration and therefore Microsoft doesn’t allow the default Certificate Authority (CA) in Windows Server 2008 to issue a certificate for a...

Microsoft Security Essentials Guards Your Home PC Against Viruses & Spyware 1

Microsoft Security Essentials Guards Your Home PC Against Viruses & Spyware

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC and guards your computer against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is always kept...

The Microsoft Security Update Guide 0

The Microsoft Security Update Guide

This Guide was designed to help IT professionals better understand and use Microsoft security release information, processes, communications, and tools. The goal is to help IT professionals manage organizational risk and develop a repeatable,...

Should You Enable Error Reporting in Windows? 4

Should You Enable Error Reporting in Windows?

Error reporting is a feature used by Microsoft in Windows operating systems and is enabled by default. Some people like to turn on error reporting to do Microsoft a favor, while others prefer not...

Configuring Anonymous Access for a MOSS 2007 Site 0

Configuring Anonymous Access for a MOSS 2007 Site

When working with MOSS 2007, especially on Windows Server 2008 (WS08), some administrators find it difficult to locate the option to enable Anonymous Authentication. Enabling Anonymous Access is not very intuitive in MOSS 2007...

Protect Your PC with a USB Flash Drive Using the Free PREDATOR software 0

Protect Your PC with a USB Flash Drive Using the Free PREDATOR software

I recently discovered a nice little utility that locks your PC (especially useful for laptops). It’s called PREDATOR and it’s FREE. This utility can lock your PC, while you are running your Window session....

Protect E-Mail with Forefront Security 0

Protect E-Mail with Forefront Security

Neetu Rajpal, the Group Program Manager for the Forefront Sever Security team at Microsoft recently wrote this article on Forefront Security for Exchange Server. In her article she describes some of the capabilities of...

How to Configure Survey Lists for Anonymous Access 4

How to Configure Survey Lists for Anonymous Access

Creating a Survey List is easy but unfortunately configuring it for anonymous access and making sure anonymous users cannot view the results is not that simple. For intranet scenarios you typically won’t be configuring...

Product Review: DeliverPoint by Barracuda 1

Product Review: DeliverPoint by Barracuda

I wrote the blog The Challenging Task of Managing SharePoint Permissions about one of the weaknesses in SharePoint that has to do with managing secure access and permissions. I decided to look for some third-party...

The Challenging Task of Managing SharePoint Permissions 1

The Challenging Task of Managing SharePoint Permissions

If you are a SharePoint administrator then you know that there are some features in SharePoint that are awesome, while others definitely need improvement. One area that needs improvement is permissions. There are round...

SharePoint Access Checker Web Part 2

SharePoint Access Checker Web Part

The Access Checker Web Part is a Windows SharePoint Services Web part from Codeplex, for use within Windows SharePoint Services v3 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The Web Part displays a tree view...

Google Chrome is a Security Nightmare 0

Google Chrome is a Security Nightmare

You may have heard about Google’s new browser called Chrome. I thought about installing it so I can evaluate it. But then I thought about all the privacy violations that Google has been criticized...

How to Change Service Accounts and Service Passwords in MOSS 2007 & WSS 3.0 1

How to Change Service Accounts and Service Passwords in MOSS 2007 & WSS 3.0

Microsoft has the following information documented in KB article 934838. To change the passwords for service accounts in SharePoint Server 2007 and in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, follow these steps. Note If the SQL...

Unable to “Check Out” a Document in MOSS 2007 Published Through ISA Server 2006 0

Unable to “Check Out” a Document in MOSS 2007 Published Through ISA Server 2006

Microsoft ISA Server blog has posted an article on this topic that goes into details on how to deal with this issue of not being able to check out a document in MOSS 2007....

Security Recmommendations for MOSS 2007 Features 1

Security Recmommendations for MOSS 2007 Features

The following security recommendations for MOSS 2007 features are listed on the TechNet site here. Feature or area Description and recommendation Authentication Do not use client-side automatic logon when using the Central Administration site....

Services and Service Accounts Security Planning Guide 0

Services and Service Accounts Security Planning Guide

If you are a network administrator managing Active Directory networks or even a SharePoint administrator, you have to deal with a lot of service accounts. You may be tempted to set your service account...

Remove Hidden Data Add-in for Office 2003/XP 0

Remove Hidden Data Add-in for Office 2003/XP

You can download the Remove Hidden Data Add-in that removes the metadata from Office files. With this add-in you can permanently remove hidden data and collaboration data, such as change tracking and comments, from...

Troubleshooting Alternate Access Mappings in SharePoint 0

Troubleshooting Alternate Access Mappings in SharePoint

Microsoft TechNet has a detailed document on planning Alternate Access Mapping for SharePoint. It’s a lengthy article but here are some highlights from the section that pertains to troubleshooting. I encourage you to check...

Modifying Port Number for a MOSS Site 0

Modifying Port Number for a MOSS Site

In SharePoint there are lots of different ways to perform a specific task. One day I needed to change the port number for a site that I am hosting on the Microsoft Office SharePoint...

IRS finds unauthorized Web servers connected to its networks 0

IRS finds unauthorized Web servers connected to its networks

NextGov has reported on the security issue that concerns not just the folks at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) but all of us who pay taxes in the U.S. “The Internal Revenue Service found...

Planning for Hyper-V Security 0

Planning for Hyper-V Security

Here are some tips from Microsoft TechNet related to the Hyper-V security in Windows Server 2008. 1. Use a Server Core installation for the parent partition. 2. Do not run any applications in the...

Default Permissions Level in MOSS 0

Default Permissions Level in MOSS

When working with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 it helps to know what the default permissions are and what exactly they include. There are six different permissions level in MOSS. You can also...